Wanted: Smarter, simpler, more streamlined trucking regulations

Greg Fulton | September 15, 2013

While looking forward, we must also look back. It is important that we look to eliminate any unnecessary or outdated regulations. At the same time, we need to streamline the existing ones. Both of those processes along with the crafting of “smart regulations” could help us create a regulatory environment that is simpler, more understandable, and less onerous.    

  • martymarsh

    And that my friends, is how Washington keeps the money wheel turning.

  • William McKelvie

    How’s about we just SCRAP the FMCSA and start over. With folks who do not ignore Congressional meetings, that are caused by their own illogical regulatory decisions from the get go? Or how’s about a regulatory agency that actually does actively listen to the industry, and not just make up rules based on computer labs? Nah, that would make sense. Sooner or later, truckers will have had enough to stand together and put aside the petty differences and help each other make a valid stand against Ferro and her supporters. It won’t take many of us, CA port truckers proved that a few weeks ago. The time is coming, and soon.

  • Guest

    Sure we have yet ANOTHER New Law in CALIF all mexicans legal or not..will get a drivers license.
    Expect MORE hit and run Savages on the Freeways..they have license…and maybe a CDL TOO???? But no insurance, no money, no education, cant speak or read English….Great New Law for Americans to Enjoy!!!

  • g

    None ofthat is going to happen…history in industry shows us that only MORE complex regulations are added…never LESS….”Progress” will show us MORE monitoring for sure…Salesmen are lined up in Washington to get their Monitoring Device sold to Congress and FMCSA….they want to get RICH…Trucking is a TARGET INDUSTRY…infact Lobbyists help write the legislation for MORE rules and regulations that will benefit THEIR interests…ta hell with some trucker dude…Look at HASLAM from Pilot…Case in Point..Cheating every trucker he can get in touch with!!!
    Look for MORE rules…..and Armies of Dot Cops…paid Union Wages and nifty benefits……Bigger Weigh Stations….Observation Towers…Real Time Cameras and Communication to speak direct with the Monkey/Driver. lol.

  • martymarsh

    I like your thinking, BUT, the big companies like the ones on the board at ATA is getting everything in their favor from Washington, so it better be soon.

  • martymarsh

    Now you are on the money.

  • William McKelvie

    ATA? Last thing I saw was the ATA wanted the old rules back. The TEAMSTERS wanted the new rules to stay and pushed for it hard.

  • William McKelvie

    You’re 100% correct, not one bit will change or happen as long as we have people who write books and blogs but never go to DC, get their names on the federal meetings but never show, and just sit on the porch and bark. That is for damn sure. Whereas, if one day, by the hand of GOD that we realize how much power we have just in sheer numbers to make things happen, it will happen.

  • martymarsh

    It doesn’t matter, next week you will have to fight them also, but I guess this week we all want the same thing.
    ATA wants you gone.

  • William McKelvie

    ATA has had a separation at the top, this year. USGVT wants four companies to run it all is what I hear, yeah good luck with that in our lifetime. We have numbers, time to stand up to them, even if it is just a few of us, time to push and hard.

  • martymarsh

    I certainly agree with that.

  • http://www.lifeasatrucker.com/ The Crazy Trucker

    I agree with a lot of what was said Overdrive. Nice to see a different conversation about the industry.

  • RalphMalph

    Just shut down the Fuel Hauling for a week and watch it ALL come to a stop !

    The Canucks shut everything down when they get a Wild Hair, why don’t we !

  • PattyCakes

    You force the Truck Nazi’s to give a tally of the money that the Truck Nazi’s collect via Fines on a Annual Basis and then try to convince us how soon they are going to give up that income

    …….. we could bring it to a halt if we had the stones.

  • John Scott

    Just pay drivers for hours worked! All hours worked. You would see improvements big time in efficiency. Trucking companies would stop hauling for shippers with long delays. Same goes for receivers. Right now, all we keep doing is arguing over extending HOS or changing them. This is because many of the on duty hours are not reimbursed. Drivers work more hours because many of those hours are unpaid. 80 hours in 7 days and its still not enough? Come on, your looking at the problem and solution all wrong.

  • Frank

    Organize.

  • felix

    all we have to do shut down for a long long week and , see what happen,we are the target drivers, evreytime the economy went down trucking industry get targeted ,
    look back from 1991 to 1997, so many drivers come out, so many regulations now from 2008 we are still the target because construction is down, so many new drivers come out. we do need to each other to make it happen, other wise we be on food stamps.

  • hacksaw

    From a life time member of OOIDA and a retired owner operator, how about you all joining and increase the no. of foices heard in Washington

  • B PIEL

    Government putting more people out of work! If they gave corruption in local,state and Federal government this much attention the whole country would be much better off! I have trucked for over 30 years and am now out of work due to a stroke and the medications I have to take are on the feds no drive list so I’m out of work and on SS which NOBODY CAN LIVE ON! I would much rather be working and are NOT impaired buy the meds as I have been on them for 6 years now. NO I don’t want unsafe drivers on the road next to me or across from me either but I would like to be able to work! Look at all the companys and Owner operators that have closed shop and all there employees that are out of work. If the people in the trucking Industry would just ban together like the others have in the world [Canada,england,etc] we could get changes for the better just as they did and have a better wage along with a life but when you can’t get people to ban together it is going to get much worse.

  • bigred

    In October there is a march to Washington and shut down planned for 3 days…Get in line with your bob tails and plan on attending….

  • Kevin J. Reidy

    There is a petition out to do just that. Drivers should not be exempt from Fair Wage And Hour laws anymore

    Since the original reasoning by trucking companies to pay by the mile was that they had no real way to oversee drivers while out on the road, mileage pay was the only way to make those lazy truck drivers do their jobs.

    NOW that we have electronic real-time driver monitoring/.communication, that reasoning is no longer valid. The majority of the largest trucking companies know where their drivers and vehicles are all the time.

    Hourly pay would massively change this industry for the better for company drivers, and the ATA is already lobbying against…against YOU.

  • g

    This is a last ditch effort and the ONLY thing congress will listen to. Until truckers put up this Fight…they will be walked on.

  • g

    A fight is brewing…the best fight is to plan a shut down….there is not much choice….Congress will listen then..drivers will have to get HOME by a certain date..like this October planned shut down and STAY HOME as LONG as possible…..plan these “Events” every few months and “they” will see WE have POWER….otherwise they will continue the beating.

  • Joyce Brenny

    I completely agree with the pain of all the regulations. Some days it is only by the grace of God and a push out the door that I continue to run this trucking & logistics company of 50 trucks and 90 total employees. How can I possibly give my employees & customers what they need from me when my desk is filled with- “do or else” stuff pilled up from the government? Heck we even have the government regulating the rain that runs off our trucks! It is mind boggling and stressful to say the least! There just isn’t enough time in the day! I could hire more employees to help take care of all of this… then I have more taxes to pay, more health insurance etc… Its a confusing vicious cycle. At 51 years old, I hate to say that my light at the end of the tunnel is sell or retire- how long can I do this… I am tired. I find my time is spent more on fighting the political bombardment than running my business, and this is point blank wrong!! Joyce Brenny